How To Create New Habits & Stick To Them
As a business coach, I often am asked how to do what you want to do and make it fun. How do you stick to this habit let alone create a new habit. In last week’s episode of Metaphysical Monday, I break this down into raw practical terms.
When it comes to creating new habits, the more you do something, the easier it becomes. Just look at anyone who's successfully adopted a new way of living. They might seem superhuman now that they've made a lifestyle change, but they were just like you and me when they started out. They were probably nervous, scared and uncomfortable the first time they had to do the thing they're not doing anymore, whether that's going to bed earlier or flossing twice a day.
By focusing on small changes that you can accomplish each day, you're making your habits into something you no longer have to think about.
Break things down to their simplest forms
Let’s use the example of going live. If you’re an Entrepreneur YOU NEED TO GO LIVE but so many of you don’t.
Being in front of the camera is not my jam! Yes I know, surprise! I had to teach myself and create the habit of getting in front of a camera and getting comfortable in front of the camera by regularly going live.
Showing up consistently every week in front of the camera when you say you will, this is creating a habit.
The first time I hit that live button, I was so scared and nervous. I had to figure out how I could be comfortable, so I started by standing because it was a different mental space for me. I realised that if I stood up, I could be more animated.
YES, it is that simple so do not over complicate things!
Number 2- I was not comfortable seeing myself on camera. I started using fun filters! Seeing myself with antennas and Harry Potter glasses made it more fun to show up and I started building my confidence on camera by showing up.
When it comes to developing new habits, one of the most important things to remember is that it takes time. Just because you are struggling to stick to your new routine for a few days (or even a few weeks) does not mean you're destined to fail. It can take several weeks or even months to develop a new habit, so don't get discouraged if you have a few setbacks along the way. One way to increase your chances of success is to start small. Trying to make too many changes at once is often overwhelming and can lead to burnout. If you're trying to develop a new exercise habit, for example, start by walking for 10 minutes a day. Once that becomes a regular part of your routine, you can gradually increase the amount of time you're walking or add in other types of exercise. It can also be helpful to set yourself up for success by making it as easy as possible to stick to your new habit. If you're trying to eat more vegetables, for example, make sure you always have fresh produce on hand. If you're trying to exercise more, keep your workout clothes in a central location. The more effortless you can make it to stick to your new habit, the more likely you are to stick to it and have fun in the process!